The minister of information. Mr. Lai Mohammed said the federal government will not pay any ransom for the release of the abducted school children of Government Science College Kagara.
He made this known to the general public in an interview on channels television program ‘Sunrise’ on Saturday. He also used the opportunity to explain some of the things this administration is doing to make the security improve.
Lai mohammed assured Nigerians that this administration has put in plce various strategies in order to contain Banditry, insurgency and kidnapping. “Some of these measures are kinetic, some are non-kinetic,” Mr Lai Mohammed said, without disclosing any specific actions.
According to him, the same was the case for the abducted Kankara schoolboys in Katsina State and the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State, where contrary to reports, he claimed that no ransom was paid to secure their release.
“All these stories about ransom, are conspiracy theories,” the minister said.
He continued by saying: “I can assure you that the government is on top of the matter – but it is not a subject matter for television discussion.
“We didn’t get there overnight, that is why we can’t get out in one day”.
According to the minister, bandits and terrorists work with the psychology of people and they deliberately attack mostly women and children because they believe that is what is going to attract global outcry.
“That is exactly what bandits do all over the world,” he said, adding that “solidarity in any form will not be tolerated by this government”.
Armed men attacked the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday, shooting sporadically, before abducting some students, staff members, and their families.